Can't use SiS 315 AGP video card with old FIC VA-503+ moth..

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I bought a Kaser AGP video card based on the SiS S315E chip and wanted
to test it in an old FIC VA-503+ mobo (Socket 7, VIA MVP3 chipset).
It worked in DOS, but with Windows 98SE I could never get a successful
boot, except in Safe Mode. The computer would either simply wait
forever at the C:> prompt after it started started to enter Windows,
or I'd get a Windows screen that was all black except for a stationary
hourglass cursor (CTRL-ALT-DEL did nothing).
The video BIOS cacheing was turned off, and video BIOS shadowing was
turned on and off. I did switch the display to standard PCI VGA
before installing the card, and I tried VIA 4-in-1 drivers ver. 4.25,
4.29, and 4.38 I also tried booting to Safe Mode and removing every
display adapter listed.

The card works fine in other motherboards: ECS K7VTA3 v. 8 and K7S5A
Pro and even a 440BX.
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.fic,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.video (More info?)

    Have you set the BIOS to assign an IRQ to the graphics card? Go into the
    BIOS --> PCI/PnP Configuration --> Assign IRQ for VGA --> Enabled.

    --Alex


    larrymoencurly wrote:

    > I bought a Kaser AGP video card based on the SiS S315E chip and wanted
    > to test it in an old FIC VA-503+ mobo (Socket 7, VIA MVP3 chipset).
    > It worked in DOS, but with Windows 98SE I could never get a successful
    > boot, except in Safe Mode. The computer would either simply wait
    > forever at the C:> prompt after it started started to enter Windows,
    > or I'd get a Windows screen that was all black except for a stationary
    > hourglass cursor (CTRL-ALT-DEL did nothing).
    > The video BIOS cacheing was turned off, and video BIOS shadowing was
    > turned on and off. I did switch the display to standard PCI VGA
    > before installing the card, and I tried VIA 4-in-1 drivers ver. 4.25,
    > 4.29, and 4.38 I also tried booting to Safe Mode and removing every
    > display adapter listed.
    >
    > The card works fine in other motherboards: ECS K7VTA3 v. 8 and K7S5A
    > Pro and even a 440BX.
  2. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.fic,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.video (More info?)

    Alex Zorrilla <apz@zxeng.com> wrote in message news:<40A51A06.44DC2A23@zxeng.com>...

    > larrymoencurly wrote:
    >
    > > Kaser AGP video card based on the SiS S315E chip
    > > FIC VA-503+ mobo (Socket 7, VIA MVP3 chipset).
    > > It worked in DOS, but with Windows 98SE I could never
    > > get a successful boot, except in Safe Mode. The
    > > computer would either simply wait forever at the
    > > C:> prompt after it started started to enter Windows,
    > > or I'd get a Windows screen that was all black except
    > > for a stationary hourglass cursor (CTRL-ALT-DEL did
    > > nothing). The video BIOS cacheing was turned off, and
    > > video BIOS shadowing was turned on and off. I did
    > > switch the display to standard PCI VGA before
    > > installing the card, and I tried VIA 4-in-1 drivers
    > > ver. 4.25, 4.29, and 4.38 I also tried booting to Safe
    > > Mode and removing every display adapter listed.
    > >
    > > The card works fine in other motherboards: ECS K7VTA3 v. 8
    > > and K7S5A Pro and even a 440BX.

    > Have you set the BIOS to assign an IRQ to the graphics card?
    > Go into the BIOS --> PCI/PnP Configuration --> Assign IRQ
    > for VGA --> Enabled.

    I tried it both ways - same result. I also tried both automatic and
    manual IRQ settings, and all the PCI cards were removed.
  3. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.fic,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.video (More info?)

    farmuse <nonofurbiz@blahblah.net> wrote in message news:<c8fjpo$b2k$1@solaris.cc.vt.edu>...

    > boot into safe mode and remove all old video adapters, you cant
    > see all the garbage in normal mode. Do the same for monitors ~

    That was one of the first things I tried, but it didn't help.

    I think that this mobo or its VIA drivers are causing problems because
    just the other day I wasn't able to install a D-Link network card --
    the plug & play didn't do anything on reboot, and the card didn't show
    up in the Device Manager, but that may have been due to D-Link's
    software because I've read that other people have had similar problems
    with D-Link, and a D-Link USB network adapter would install on one USB
    2.0 port but not the other (I used an NEC-based USB 2.0 card,
    supposedly the least troublesome kind). I also couldn't get Windows
    to boot right with an SiS 315 AGP card, and then there was the problem
    of a VIA-based USB 2.0 PCI card causeing this motherboard to be 100%
    dead, yet the same card worked fine in an older mobo with an older VIA
    chipset (even shares the same south bridge) and all of my really old
    SiS and Intel chipset mobos.
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